De La Salle North Catholic High School announced the name of the gym at its new campus — Michael Kelley Gymnasium.

It will be home to Kelley Court and will be the first home gymnasium for the school — giving what fans call “Knight Nation” the home-court advantage for the first time.

The gym was named for a long-time supporter of the school. Kelley served on the school’s board of trustees from 2014-2020.

“Mike truly believed in our incredible students, our outstanding faculty and our amazing staff. Mike often said that DLSNC was the most important school, doing the most important work, in our community. He loved our students and our school, and we loved him,” the school wrote in an email to supporters.

“Behind the scenes, Mike worked tirelessly for years to find a new location for the school and without his efforts, our new campus would not be a reality,” the message continued.

Kelley died in October of last year.

“Mike Kelley was the kind of guy you want on your team: smart, kind, a wicked sense of humor, but with a killer instinct. He was a fighter and he fought for the future of De La Salle,” said Mary Boyle, a Kelley family friend and honorary campaign co-chair. “This new campus would not have been possible without his efforts. We could think of no better way to honor his legacy than naming the gym after him.”

Kelley loved basketball and earned a full ride scholarship to play the sport at Carroll College. He was dedicated to coaching many in the Portland area throughout his life.

“This is the best way to honor my dad and his legacy,” said Kelley’s daughter, Catherine Kelley. “I can’t think of anything more special than a basketball court, especially at De La Salle.”